One portion of the MMA [Music Modernization Act] makes older sound recordings published before 1972 more available to the public. It expands an obscure provision of the library exception to US Copyright Law, Section 108(h), to apply to all pre-72 recordings. Unfortunately 108(h) is notoriously hard to implement. But, as we understand it, the MMA means that libraries can make some of these older recordings freely available to the public as long as we do a reasonable search to determine that they are not commercially available.
Internet Archive: “The Music Modernization Act is Now Law Which Means Some Pre-1972 Music Goes Public”
Filed by October 15, 2018on